Jun Yu, Member At Large Global Outreach

Unleash Your Power with PES Outreach in China

I received my Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in August 2000, and then I worked at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) for seven years. During that period, I joined IEEE PES and became an IEEE Senior member in 2003. Since 2006, I have been working at State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) and responsible for R&D and application of Smart Grid Operation Systems until 2011. Then I was transferred to be responsible for mergers and acquisitions until 2014. Now, as the Co-director General of the International Cooperation Department of SGCC, I am mainly in charge of oversea assets operation and international organization business. I served as a member of the IEEE Standards Association (SA) Corporate Advisory Group (CAG) from 2015 to 2018 and was appointed the Vice-Chair in 2017. Now, I am an IEEE PES Governing Board Member at Large and throughout my career, I have been dedicated to IEEE PES activities, encouraging more Chinese scholars and engineers to join IEEE PES.

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology. As the Second Largest Technical Society of IEEE, IEEE PES provides an excellent platform for conducting technical cooperation, providing skill training, developing international standards, and promoting exchanges within the global power and energy community. It consists of 17 technical committees and 4 coordinating committees, covering all aspects and emerging technologies in the power system. The IEEE standards created by PES account for over 45% of the total, thus helping to shape up a cleaner and better world by boosting the advancement of technologies in the power and energy sector. By 2020, among those IEEE standards created by PES, 26 were proposed by Chinese entities, covering power generation, power transmission, power distribution, and power consumption. Those standards indicate the enthusiasm of Chinese scholars and engineers for PES and demonstrate the wisdom they have contributed to the global power and energy community.

IEEE PES enriched its global engagement through local chapters, which are a great way to plug into the society and get Chinese entities and experts involved. In 2019, the IEEE PES China Chapter Council (PCCC) composed of 9 chapters was officially approved.

PCCC provides Chinese entities and experts with great opportunities to take an active part in PES activities and its standardization work. It has organized a series of exciting meetings and activities in recent years. The 9th Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT Asia 2019) was held in Chengdu, China in 2019, and the conference was devoted to the state-of-the-art technologies of smart grid. During the conference, the meeting for the inauguration of IEEE PES Power System Measurement and Instrument (PSIM) Technical Committee (China) was convened as well.

Despite the difficulties brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, PCCC held a cloud forum entitled “Help Me Grow” to promote academic exchanges between IEEE PES China members. All those activities aimed to advocate the free exchange of ideas, enhance technical cooperation, and stimulate innovation. The satellite committee works as a bridge between Chinese scholars and engineers and the PES technical committee, bringing them closer to the global arena. The meeting for the inauguration of IEEE PES Energy Storage and Stationary Battery Satellite Committee was held in Beijing, China in August 2020. It was attended by over 400 industry experts, scholars, and engineers from more than 50 outstanding enterprises. Dozens of New Satellite Technical Committees are under preparation in 2020. The IEEE PES China Standards Committee provides training programs related to the standards and proposal reviews, thus offering technical guidance for Chinese experts who are newcomers to standardization work. The IEEE PES China Standards Committee has submitted 34 proposals among which 11 proposals received support from the PES TC.

From the perspective of Chinese entities or experts, their participation in IEEE PES will grant them access to abundant resources of frontline technologies, global technical conferences to be attended by the greatest brains of the industry, and opportunities for them to receive education and training for their better participation in the future. Not to mention the inspiration, knowledge, or experience that they could get on those occasions. IEEE PES provides a platform for them to get their voice heard by the overseas counterparts, expand their technical capacity, and finally help make China even more influential in the global power and energy community.

Being faced up with such common challenges as global warming and the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been once again reminded that “Mankind is in a community with a shared future”. As an important member of the international community, China has always been working to advocate global cooperation and multilateralism. I feel proud to be part of IEEE PES. I am also confident that IEEE PES will flourish in China, thus delivering a promising future for Chinese entities and experts. Through its cooperation with IEEE, China will make rapid progress in power and energy-related technologies and devote its fair share to building a better world together with our global partners.